MENA Tour: Tom Sloman keeps his date with Laguna Phuket Challenge
Sloman, 25, had jumped from seventh to the pinnacle of the MENA Tour’s 2020+ Journey to Jordan Order of Merit standings due to his brilliant 54 holes over the par 70 Laguna Golf Phuket and will earn an invitation to one of the Asian Tour’s new ones International Series events worth over $1.5 million if he can stay there come at the conclusion of the BTS. Two more ADT starts and a free pass to the final leg of next season’s Asian Tour Q-School, the rewards for those who finish in the top-10 in the final standings, also now seem close to a ban.
“My goal, of course, is to get on the PGA Tour one day and hopefully win majors. Obviously that’s a pretty big goal, but I think if all goes well I’ll have the game for it,” said Sloman, who put on a dominant performance this week.
Recalling the opportunities now available following the MENA Tour’s strategic partnership with the Asian Tour, Sloman recalibrated his mind. “It’s a huge opportunity now, isn’t it, since the Saudis are obviously coming,” he said.
“Winning the MENA Tour would be fantastic. To get to the final phase of Q-School to compete in two more of it (ADT events after the BTS) and the Asian Tour International Series. It’s about getting as many chances as possible and seeing what happens at the end of the year.
It is Solman’s fourth professional win but he comes after his career was stalled by Covid and then a series of frustrating near misses on the EuroPro Tour last season. His consolation of seven top 10 finishes, including two shared second places, was crowned Rookie of the Year to follow in the footsteps of Tyrrell Hatton, Jordan Smith and Jack Senior, all of whom have come through the EuroPro Development Tour.
Supupramai finished at -14 with 66 and ranks third in the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
China’s Chen Guxin was the big climber on the final day, a final round of 63 taking him to third place, tied with Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradit at -11, eight strokes behind Sloman. Ireland’s Robin Dawson also touched Thursday’s low of 63 and crept into the top 10.
After a two-day break, the Laguna Phuket Cup continues on Sunday (May 8). Like all BTS events, it is a 54-hole event with a $75,000 prize pool.